Marital woes plague Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday. Set in Tehran on the eve of the Persian New Year, the movie follows a housekeeper (Taraneh Alidoosti) who is about to be married. Her work sends her to the home of a distressed, well-off couple: the wife (Hedye Tehrani) suspects her husband (Hamid Farokhnezhad) is unfaithful. Most of the drama is set indoors, unfolding like a well-calibrated play, filmed without fussy camerawork. Outdoors the movie is a canvas for Farhadi’s artistic flourishes: a streetscape alight by rambunctious celebration; a single take, of an argument on the street, from inside a moving glass elevator. Although there is a scene of volcanic confrontation, Farhadi’s presentation is generally understated—eyes and expressions chart out characters’ innerworkings.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White